I guess I should start off by introducing myself, so, here I go!
I’ll keep it simple and straight forward. I promised myself when I started this blog, that i would be 100% apologetically me! I’m a no frills kind of gal with a bit of a potty mouth so pardon my french occasionally!
My name is Denise, I’m 37 and a mom of 2 boys. Jonathan who’s ( holy shit) turning 13 this year and Daniel who’s 10. I’m married to Brad, who I will often refer to as “the hubs”. I am a full-time working mom and am currently enrolled in school part-time to become a registered nutritionist focusing on sports and nutrition. I have been working in healthcare for the majority of my career, primarily in paediatric healthcare for the last 16 years, 10 of which I have spent as a senior manager in business operations.
I have an auto-immune disease called Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is what sparked my passion for health and fitness. You can read my story about living with RA in my blog called “it’s been 641 days”.
My heaviest weight I’ve ever been is 242 lbs (I’m now 135lbs). I’ve yoyo dieted probably since I was 16yrs old, until my diagnosis with RA 2 years ago which is when I changed my way of looking at nutrition and my health overall. I’m a gym rat! I love lifting weights, pushing myself to do things I never thought I could, because I find the feeling of accomplishment to be so fulfilling emotionally and physically. You will notice that I have a lot of tattoo’s. I always get asked about them. My sleeve is a picture of a woman warrior, holding a sword ready for battle, with a blossomed lotus flower. In short the meaning for me is internal strength.
So why now- why the blog? Well, here’s the thing I learned this past year that took me my entire life to understand. I can put myself first and not feel guilty about it. Why? because I am a better person, woman, mother,wife, friend, daughter, when I am healthy and happy. These past (almost) 2 years, I have made my health a priority and it has changed my entire balance in love, health, family and motherhood. Which is what has brought me here and the desire to empower and help other women with hopes to inspire them to live the best versions of themselves. Make themselves a priority and not for one minute feel guilty about it.
My promise to you is I will keep it real, share my personal stories, my successes and my failures. I will share my m personal workouts and fitness programs that I have done or am currency doing that don’t suck ass and will get you results.
I should mention I am a wicked cook and baker, I am actually a certified professional baker which has come in handy since we have recently moved towards a more plant based diet. Checkout my recipes and give them a try. everything I make keeps into consideration, health, nutrients and of course stuff my kids love. They are also easy and quick, because lets be honest who has time to waste!
Thank you so much for visiting my page. I truly believe a journey is a destination and I hope to walk along side you on your path!